Forestry & Horticulture

Community Tree Map

Trees are an efficient and inexpensive way to divert and clean stormwater, capture carbon and give us fresh air to breathe, create more biodiversity to support our local ecosystem, and foster a calm community and happier sense of wellbeing. If you choose to plant a tree at home, please let us know where, so we can add it to our tree map!

Tree City USA

The City of Glenwood Springs Parks Department has received recognition annually for the past 37 years by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA recipient. Recognition has been made for demonstrated professionalism, commitment and true passion for the growth of the tree canopy in Glenwood Springs. Click here to see the 2022 Tree City USA designation letter for the City of Glenwood Springs. For more information, visit the Arbor Day Foundation.

​Municipal Code

The Parks Department encourages all property owners adjacent to open space or City property to help keep our green space clean and thriving.  For information on planting trees on both public and private property in Glenwood Springs please see the Glenwood Springs Municipal Code Title 090 - here.

It is against the law for any person to plant, remove, destroy or cause to be planted, removed, or destroyed any tree in or upon the public right-of-way or other public property within the City of Glenwood Springs without having first obtained a written permit to do so. To request permission to remove or install a tree on public property, please complete the Public Tree Removal Installation Permit application.

Be Beetle Aware

Ips beetles, also known as engraver beetles, infest stressed pine and spruce trees. Recent environmental conditions, such as drought, windthrow, and fire, have created an opportunity for an influx of these beetles. Parks Forestry and Horticulture staff have launched an awareness campaign to help educate residents on how to best deal with the issue and are taking action to help protect our urban forest. More information can be found on the City's Ips Beetle pagePlease contact a certified arborist to conduct an accurate tree assessment on your property.

Landscaping Lists

The general landscaping guide (2022) includes both species that survive in our region with monitored and irrigated conditions, as well as the species that do well in drought conditions. This is a great comprehensive guide that includes extra details and notes about each species.

The ROW guide is specific to those looking to plant in right-of-way areas, such as the grass strips along sidewalks and roads.

The xeric list includes species that are likely to survive in the local conditions, and do not require excessive amounts of water. Many of these species can even thrive with no irrigation after being established. 

Please contact our downtown supervisor and arborist with questions about urban forestry, permitting, or xeric plantings. 
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